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US & Israel Consulting on Iran

Some great new quotes from the US starting with State Department Deputy spokesman Mark Toner regarding the Iran Nuclear time bomb and the failure of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s to Tehran:

“This is a disappointment. It wasn’t all that surprising, frankly. But, you know, we’re going to look at the totality of the issue here and the letter and what we think is the best course of action moving forward”.

“let’s be very clear that we consult very closely with Israel on these issues,” he added. “We are very clear that we are working on this two-track approach. We believe, and are conveying to our partners, both Israel and elsewhere, that this is having an effect.”

Then, White House spokesman Jay Carney:

“We regret the failure of Iran to reach an agreement this week with the IAEA that would permit the agency to fully investigate the serious allegation raised allegations, rather, raised in its November report…”

“Unfortunately this is another demonstration of Iran’s refusal to abide by its international obligations..”

In a blatant F U finger gesture Iran raised the hopes of the world nations that still believe in Santa Clause, when it sent a letter to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton last week, raising hopes for the prospects of renewed talks with world powers. To this Carney said the United States was continuing to evaluate Iran’s intentions and that

“This particular action by Iran suggest that they have not changed their behavior when it comes to abiding by their international obligations..”

Please try and understand. Iran is building a nuclear bomb and nothing and no one will stop it. As soon as it has the weapon it will use it to change the balance of power in the Middle East and around the world. If nothing is done by force it will continue to piss on the world community. The best proof is the response Ahmadinejad gave a few days ago to Hilary Clinton’s remark “that all options are still being examined and are on the table” – to which he answered “those options can stay on the table and rot there”.

Just a little background on the Iranian mentality – Iran fought Iraq for eight years in the First Gulf War (1980-1988) – the longest Conventional War in history. And not only it did not give in, it rejected attempts for cease fire by Iraq’s Sadam Hussein: “On 21 June 1982 Khomeni rejected the Iraqi peace offer in a speech and proclaimed that Iran would invade Iraq and would not stop until the Ba’ath regime was replaced by an Islamic Shia republic. Given that Saddam’s offer of 1982 served as the basis of the 1988 ceasefire, Khomeini’s decision extended the war for the next six years”.

According to journalist Robin Wright:

“During the Fateh offensive [in February 1987], I toured the southwest front on the Iranian side and saw scores of boys, aged anywhere from nine to sixteen, who said with staggering and seemingly genuine enthusiasm that they had volunteered to become martyrs. Regular army troops, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards and mullahs all lauded these youths, known as baseeji, for having played the most dangerous role in breaking through Iraqi lines. They had led the way, running over fields of mines to clear the ground for the Iranian ground assault. Wearing white headbands to signify the embracing of death, and shouting “Shaheed, shaheed” (Martyr, martyr) they literally blew their way into heaven. Their numbers were never disclosed. But a walk through the residential suburbs of Iranian cities provided a clue. Window after window, block after block, displayed black-bordered photographs of teenage or preteen youths.”

The Iran–Iraq War was horribly costly, it is considered one of the deadliest wars since World War II. It cost Iran an estimated 1 million casualties, killed or wounded, and Iranians continued to suffer and die as a consequence of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons. And still, not all was negative according to the Iranian government-owned Etelaat newspaper who had this to say:

“There is not a single school or town that is excluded from the happiness of “holy defence” of the nation, from drinking the exquisite elixir of martyrdom, or from the sweet death of the martyr, who dies in order to live forever in paradise.”

Get the picture?

The Osirak Payback?

Here’s a good classroom discussion:

Iraq has demanded that Israel pay a compensation for bombing the unfinished nuclear reactor at Osirak in 1981. A justified demand?

Actually Muhammad Naji Muhammad is planning to enlist the United Nation’s help to put pressure on the Jewish Country to compensate Baghdad, for its world famous stealth mission.

“Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Foreign Ministry turned to the UN and the Security Council demanding that Israel pay us reparations for damage caused to the reactor in 1981.”

Firstly, Baghdad is demanding that the UN establish a committee to assess the scope of the damage caused by the Israeli strike in order to calculate an appropriate compensation fee.

Iraq is basing its demand on UN Security Council Resolution 487. The resolution was drafted following the bombing of the reactor in June 1981. It harshly condemned Israel’s aerial stealth and said that Iraq had a right to demand compensation over the damages.

Of course the resolution came before the “Gulf War” of 1990-91, when Saddam Hussein decided to fire missiles at Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, Iraq has decided that the time is right to build a new reactor.

“We are co-operating with the IAEA and expanding and defining areas of research where we can implement nuclear technology for peaceful means,”

Iraqi science and technology minister Raid Fahmi told a British newspaper.

“After the dissolution [of the regime] we did not have an industry, but we have become more and more conscious of the need for nuclear technology. This was raised several months ago with the relevant bodies.”

Iran Ready for Nuclear Talks Without Preconditions? OK…

Austria Nuclear IranIs the Persian Empire crumbling finally? Last time it took a massive slaughter at the hands of the Spartans at Thermopylae to stop them at the most famous battle in ancient European history. Now, all it seems to have taken was a backdoor American threat to let Israel loose on them, stamping a deadline for talks on September, and rounded off with a little bit of political instability, as nearly the entire country is ticked at having been cheated in the rigged Iranian reelection of Ahmadenijad.

I figure one of two possible causes. One possibility, the Iranian regime is finally beginning to feel the grasp around its throat, especially with the latest challenge by a group of reformists against the leadership of the Ayatollah, who supposedly has sanction from Allah himself. I wonder how he got that. We could all use some good sanction from Allah for brutal, totalitarian rule over others. It is, after all, quite convenient for such purposes. To challenge that, takes some guts indeed.

The other possibility is that the Iranian regime is engaging in a little time-buying trickery, giving in to America’s demand to “resolve our differences through words,” while during that time, building and completing the nuclear project. After all, think about it. If they give the US a straight out “NO,” then that’ll probably give a green light to Israel to go and bomb Natanz, setting them back another 10 years, after which Israel would probably have to bomb again and reset the clock. Or then again, maybe not. Saddam after all couldn’t do anything after the 1981 bombing of Osirak and Iraq’s nuclear ambitions haven’t since been seriously rekindled. On the other hand, if Iran says, “Let’s talk,” then Israel will definitely not be allowed to attack so long as a chance remains that the “talk” will work.

I wonder what they’re going to talk about. They want nukes, but what would they settle for? Dollars? Those things are almost worthless these days, and America is nearly bankrupt anyway. But here’s the quote.

“Talks without preconditions is Iran’s main stance in negotiations on the nuclear issue.” This was said by Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA. The Iranian television report added that Soltanieh had made the announcement based on “mutual respect” for the West.

(Put a Kippa on that guy and he looks just like a nice welfare-peddling Shas guy.)
Well, I’m glad everyone respects each other. Now let’s juts put away the weapons of mass destruction and murder before somebody loses an eye.

The Saddam Hangman Game

I found this version of the old Hangman game with a new twist. While you guess the letters Saddam will taunt you. I guess in light of the recent letter and the looming execution this is just a first in a line of “new ideas”..

To the Gallows

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein, former President and Supreme Dictator of Iraq was sentenced on Sunday, November 5, to death by hanging by the High Tribunal Court in Baghdad. Saddam, who had expected the verdict, again lashed out at the judge and other court officials, denouncing them as being illegal and as mere puppets of the occupying forces who (in his opinion) are still in virtual control of all governmental and legal functions in his country. Saddam’s half brother, Ali, also known as ‘Chemical Ali’ for his use of chemical weapons against the Kurds in Northern Iraq, was also sentenced to mount the gibbet for his crimes. Other former regime members were given various sentences ranging from 15 years to life. One, a lesser known former official, was even acquitted.

Saddam, shown here, moments after the death sentence was announced, so expected this verdict that he had said many time that he was not afraid to die. His court delaying tactics, which made the trial last more than 9 months, often resulting in his either boycotting court proceedings or being thrown out of the courtroom, was most likely done to just keep himself alive a day or week longer. The former dictator had even prepared a written message which his attorney read out afterwards in which Saddam called for unity among the different factions in Iraq and not to seek retaliation against the ‘infidel occupiers’.

Reactions among the Iraqi public have ranged from expressions of jubilation in Shiite controlled areas, to expressions of support for the former President among residents of his home town of Tikrit.

Saddam’s lawyers have 10 days to file an appeal against the sentence, resulting from an incident in a Shiite populated town north of Baghdad in 1982 when a foiled assassination plot against Hussein resulted in over 190 residents being tortured and executed. If a 9 member appeals court upholds the verdict, then Saddam can be fitted
for a special “necktie” 30 days hence.

The mere fact that the Iraqi judicial system could carry through this trial in which several of Saddam’s defense attorneys as well as members of the prosecution were killed, is an accomplishment in itself; and indicates that this strife-torn country may finally be on it’s way to sorting itself out, despite continuing violence. Another reason for the verdict could be to assist the Republican-led U.S. Administration, which is very worried about the Mid-Term Elections due to occur in less than two days time.

Other trials being planned against Saddam include the one involving the use of nerve gas against some Kurdish villages in northern Iraq in which thousands died horrible deaths. If the appeals court upholds the sentence, however, then the need for additional trials will be superfluous, enabling the sentence to be carried out, and thereby ridding Iraq and the world of a most despicable character.

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